"Ron Paul will lose regardless: he's tarnishing his brand's credibility."
Correction, the owners of ronpaul.com are trying to tarnish his credibility and brand name (hint hint, this is where trademarks come in) by making a big fuzz about the UN thing when they know full well that there's no other avenue to resolve this sort of this dispute in this situation. They are taking advantage of the fact that a lot are misinformed as to the nature of the dispute and to the utility of trademarks in a free market.
But you're right, Ron Paul will lose credibility partly because of his negligence but also because of the bad faith of the current owners of the domain name which btw they will have to sell at a much lower price to Ron Paul on trademark grounds anyway.
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